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Ventriloquized Voices

Ventriloquized Voices is a fascinating examination of the appropriation of the feminine voice by male authors. In a historical and theoretical study of English texts of the early modern period, Elizabeth D. Harvey looks at the transvestism at work in texts which purport to be by women but which are in fact written by men. The crossing of gender in these ventriloquized works illuminates the discourses of patronage, medicine, madness and eroticism in English Renaissance society, revealing as it does the construction of sexuality, gender identity, and power.
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Introduction: The Voice of Gender 1. Travesties of Voice: Cross-dressing the Tongue 2. Hysteria and Folly: Duplicities of Speech 3. Matrix as Metaphor: Midwifery and the Conception of Voice 4. Ventriloquizing Sappho, or the Lesbian Muse


"An examination of the representation of the female voice by Renaissance authors, this excitingly complex study links male ventriloquism with women's marginality. Harvey's assimilation of theory, by deliberately emphasizing rather than hiding the seams, concretizes many of the dilemmas faced by contenporary readers of Renaissance texts.."-"English Studies in Canada

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